60,000 sign petition calling for Baden-Clay appeal
TENS of thousands of people from all over Australia have signed a petition asking the Queensland Attorney-General to file an appeal in the Gerard Baden-Clay case.
It follows outrage from the public over the state's appeal court downgrading Baden-Clay's murder conviction to manslaughter.
The court found a jury could not be satisfied he intended to kill his wife Allison at their Brookfield home in 2012.
By the time this story was submitted for print, the petition was nearing 60,000 signatures.
"We, the people of Australia, are outraged by the decision of the QLD court to reduce Gerard's Baden-Clay's conviction for the murder of his wife, Allison Baden-Clay, to the lesser charge of manslaughter," the petition on change.org reads:
"We are requesting the QLD Attorney-General files an appeal against this decision."
The Australian Missing Persons Register began the petition and on Friday posted a message saying they were thrilled with the number of signatures.
"Please share with your friends so as many people as possible have the opportunity to voice their opinion on this matter. Thank you all for standing up for Allison :)"
People signing the petition were from the far reaches of the country - from Perth to Hobart to rural South Australia, Victoria and NSW.
Some signatures came from Taiwan, Vietnam and Europe.
The Attorney-General has 28 days from Tuesday's decision to appeal in the High Court of Australia.
Carol Murray, Ipswich: I don't agree that judge should be able to overturn a decision brought in by 12 men and women. it makes a joke of our judicial system.
Lorraine Harvey, Ipswich: Not only do the family of Alison deserve better than being treated like this, ANY victim of domestic violence must take this as a personal insult and makes standing up to perpetrators even harder.
Cheryl Knispel, Forest Lake: Where is the justice for the victim and her family... I am so disgusted with this decision!!!
Susie O'Sullivan, Gatton: This animal lied to the courts, tarnished Allison's name by suggesting that she was depressed/suicidal and tried to claim her life insurance the instance her body was located. He was found guilty by a jury of his peers and now the court overturns this decision? What is the point of having a jury in the first place if the court can so easily overturn the decision? What message does this send to perpetrators of domestic violence and their victims?
Suzanne Jones, Toowoomba: We need would-be criminals to know there is punishment for doing the crime.
David Martinelli, Toowoomba: It is important that the judicial system is aware of the community sentiment on issues. This downgrading of the charge should be considered in light of all the facts.
Veronica Betros, Toowoomba: If Baden-Clay accidentally killed Allison why did he dump her body in a creek/river? Appalled that lawyers can legally manipulate facts to change outcomes for murderers. Understating or defending domestic violence as these lawyers have done should be a crime too.
Trish Nolan, Maryborough: This is disgraceful.....
Cheryl Chifley, Hervey Bay: He has never admitted to killing her, he said there was no argument, so now how can it be manslaughter, a jury of 12 found him guilty of murder this should stand.
Susan Morgan, Hervey Bay: This is not going to help domestic violence lessen, this will make the perpetrators of these types of actions just think they can get away with attacking their partners/wives and not be punished appropriately. This was murder, NOT manslaughter.
Kerry Laine, Bundaberg: Attorney General, please lodge an appeal for Allison within the 28 days to The High Courts of Australia! Allison surely deserves justice in death.
Matt Skinner, Mackay: Sick of the soft stance on justice!!!
Paul Beardmore, Mackay: He deserves to get life without parole. If it was an accident he should never have tried to hide the body, claim her insurance or pretend he knew nothing.
Fred Dixon, Airlie Beach: I believe that whilst it might be correct in law, law has not kept up with community standards. Courts and lawyers are entitled to be free of interference from government etc., but that does not give them the right to ignore the public opinion. They are after all public servants. Currently they behave as though they are above reproach and that separation means they have the right to impose whatever standards they see fit, accountable to nobody.
Diane Vandenhoven, Yeppoon: Why have jury's at all if their verdict is just going to be overturned. Waste of taxpayer money if that is the case. Too many of these callous mongrels get away with domestic violence. This case was domestic violence to the extreme. We have widespread advertising against it, that cost millions of dollars, yet the judges and magistrates really just slap their wrists. Pack of hypocrites if you ask me. No wonder the police want to tear their hair out once a case goes to court. It must be so frustrating for them. And what of poor Allison, doesn't her life count anymore. I am just disgusted.
Vikki Powell, Yeppoon: This man has made no admissions nor shown any signs of remorse, even in making this appeal.
Coralee Taylor, Gladstone: Justice has not been done by reducing the charge, he was convicted for murder. That is what it is. If it was so accidental, why did he not stop "manslaughtering" Allison as she scratched his face so deep it left gouges. Wake up you dumb legal people.
Dell Darrach, Gladstone: Dead against this, a jury found him guilty let him do the time.
Warwick Taylor, Gladstone: It is an injustice to Allison. He has not shown any remorse and killed her to pay off debts and have a fling. Let him stay behind bars.